Senate Democrats Demand DACA Deal As Government Shutdown Looms
By Fox News // January 19, 2018
Deadline set for midnight
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(FOX NEWS) – Congress hurtled toward a government shutdown Friday as Democrats in the Senate offered no sign of supporting a short-term bill to keep the government open, unless it includes protection for illegal immigrants brought to the country as children.
The Republican-dominated House of Representatives passed a one-month bill Thursday night by a vote of 230-197 largely along party lines, with 11 Republicans voting no and six Democrats voting yes.
With a midnight deadline looming, the bill now moves to the Senate where the Republicans hold only a slender majority, making prospects for passage grim. To break a Democratic filibuster, the bill will need 60 votes. Republicans have a 51-49 majority in the Senate.
Complicating matters for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., is that he will not even have all 51 votes from Republicans. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., is convalescing after surgery, while Sens. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., Rand Paul, R-Ky., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C. have all indicated that they will not vote for the measure, meaning that McConnell will need to win 13 Democrats to get to 60. So far, only Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., is the only Democrat who has indicated that he will vote for the resolution.
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